1950 Norton 500cc International  Frame no. F1135407 Engine no. F1135407

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 286*
1950 Norton 500cc International
Frame no. F1135407 Engine no. F1135407

Sold for £ 13,555 (US$ 16,854) inc. premium
1950 Norton 500cc International
Frame no. F1135407
Engine no. F1135407
Today's repli-racer sportbikes have nothing on the Norton International. At its debut in 1932, the track-only "Inter" had no lights or other street provisions. In fact, where a battery might be on a road bike there was a huge wraparound oil tank with a spigot-type filler. The single-cylinder motor, in either 350 or 500cc displacements, was a potent-looking piece, an overhead-cam design with a bevel-drive tower scaling the right side of the cylinder. Exposed hairpin valve springs came later and added to the effect. Savvy street riders wanted the "Cammy" Norton's power, its close-ratio four-speed gearbox, its large-capacity fuel tank and its undeniable panache. Conveniently, the bike could be ordered with a magdyno and a kickstart gearbox; hang some lights on it and you had a B-road blaster that few could keep up with.

Production was interrupted in 1939 by the start of World War II, by which time the International had acquired Norton's plunger-type "Garden Gate" frame. When hostilities ended and assembly lines started rolling once again, the bike had gained Norton's vaunted Roadholder hydraulically damped front fork and a factory-installed charging/lighting setup. The legendary Manx would take care of Norton's fortunes on the racetrack, and quite nicely too.

As exemplified by this 500cc 1951 model (titled as a 1950) with its all-alloy engine, the International was one of Britain's most handsome street Singles, every proportion spot-on. This bike was treated to a 1999 restoration of very high standard, at which time it was judged Best Norton at the prestigious Clubmans Show in San Jose, California. It has been ridden just 759 miles since the rebuild. Offered with State of Louisiana Title and subject to 5% 'Low Rate' Import Duty.
Contacts
1950 Norton 500cc International  Frame no. F1135407 Engine no. F1135407
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalog.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
* Import low rate

VAT on imported items at a preferential rate of 5% on Hammer Price and the prevailing rate on Buyer's Premium.